June 8, 2010

June Swaps & Challenges

Zetti Envelope
Front

And the back!
(Click any image to see more detail!)

Sometimes when I see a new idea or technique, my schnauzer-like curiosity kicks in and I just have to give it a try. When one of my art groups decided to do a mail art swap, the theme was artist's choice. After watching a video by Roben-Marie Smith (Click here to see her awesome video.), my creative juices went into overdrive. I printed a bunch of fun Zetti pieces from Crowabout StudioB@Deviant Scrap, grabbed a file folder to use as a base, snipped random bits of papers and ephemera, and even brought my old Singer sewing machine out of hiding to create some added texture.


This week's theme at the Three Muses is to "pick a song", and my next art group swap was to make a house-themed bookmark. Once again, I couldn't resist using little Zetti houses. They're so darned happy!

Bookmark
Front and . . .

Back
(My artist info will go here!)
Yes! That IS a little pink house on the back side of the bookmark - and it was inspired by John Mellencamp's famous "Little Pink Houses" song. (I couldn't resist the temptation!) And, for the sake of the record, I did grow up in a little pink split-level in the 1960's! Now that's a trip down Memory Lane!

And last but not least . . . there's one last swap. Marsha of Tumble Fish Studio fame is hostessing an ATC challenge swap at Deviant Scrap.com. The intent is to use as many images as you can from one designer.

 Divine
A Cut & Paste ATC 
Since I adore Marsha's work, my ATC is a tribute to the Divine Miss Tumble Fish. Not counting duplicates, I've used twelve images from Tumble Fish Studio @DeviantScrap except for the rose (which is one of my creations.) A lucky winner will receive an $8 gift certificate for Tumble Fish Studio merchandise. You have until June 20th to participate, and you can go there by clicking here. Best part of this swap is that you can choose to trade "digitally" or by snail mail. Check it out!

Hope you enjoy an inspired art day!

Credits: All images on these pieces are from CrowaboutStudioB @DeviantArt with the following exceptions. On the envelope: Dover Publications for the butterflies, Tumble Fish Studio @DeviantArt for the two hearts on the front side, and to the Crowabout Flickr Group for the word "dream" on the front and the crazy amigos on the back. On the bookmark: Thanks to Tumble Fish Studio @DeviantArt for the heart on the front and the word "home" on the back.

49 comments:

Ozstuff said...

Terri, I love your collection of bookmarks, especially the pink one for the Muses Challenge. They are so cheerful and, yes, cheeky!! Wonderful artwork as always.

peggy gatto said...

Well, I don't know where to start my compliments!!!
Your style, designs and colors are right up my ally!!!!
Thanks for the treats!!!

Willy said...

Wonderful artwork, Terri! your bookmark is great.

WildGoose said...

Pink houses or no, zetti's DO for a sweet bookmark make!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I love that song! Thanks dear heart for the comments. I am so glad to be part of your days! We are lucky women. Blessings.

Lynifyni said...

Oh boy, Terri! Your art is spectacular! Wish I was in the swap and had a chance to get one of those fab bookmarks! Excellent work!!! Bravo!!! LynnF

Betzie said...

All so wonderful and fun to look at!!! A visual feast!

susi said...

wow - you have been busy. love it all but very partial to the bookmark - love houses. terrific!

Judy said...

Such a happy, bright selection of your art, Terri, love your zetti pieces!

Lori Saul said...

Great envelopes- it is fun to cover file folders as well- these are just beautiful and your bookmarks are perfect for the theme!

sharon said...

Terri, you are the epitome of happy!! Love your envie and the bookmark is adorable! I may have to do an envie so I have a chance at yours!!

daisydolls said...

WOW, that envelope is tho coolest envelope I have ever seen. You are so much fun, I love your work!!!

indybev said...

What a feast of zetti! I love the little pink house. For some reason your comment made me think of that song Pete Seeger sang "Little Houses made of ticky tacky ..." Remember that one? Anyway, I'm still your biggest fan! Great work!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Since I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, I love the envelope. Of course, all those colors help the threads.

Little pink house! Love it. And so colorful. Who says pink and orange don't go together? Certainly not you. That bookmark is testament to that.

And since you are already the Queen of putting lots of images on a design, I have no doubt you will win the most images challenge.

Hopefully you won't have to delete any extra messages from me tonight. Looks like Blogger is behaving!

In the Light of the Moon said...

Gosh Terri..talk about being inspired..I'm like jumping off my chair right now..Truly amazing creations..that envelope..wow!!Warmest Regards,Cat

Amy said...

WOW..that envelope is just fabulously awesome..who would even want to open it..it's ART by itself..you really put alot of images on it!!
The book marks are adorable as well Terri

Diana Evans said...

Hi Terri!!!! your pieces are fantastic...what a cool envelope and the bookmarks are amazing ....

you are always such a bright light in our days with your amazing work...thank you for that....

Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Hugs
Diana

Gayle Page-Robak said...

What a beautiful array of gorgeous artwork. Love your presentation...so excellent.

Sandy said...

Oh wow Terri your work in fantastic.
Wonderful collages. Love them all.

Rosie said...

Terri, what a joyous bookmark! Your blog is always such a delightful splash of colour and fun!

http://truutske.blogspot.com/ said...

Your artwork is so impressive.
Love it!!

Effie said...

Fabulous stuff...I just love Zetti and what youv'e done.. happy and fun, just the thing for a nasty grey day in the UK!

Taluula said...

Oh wow what a host of wonderful artwork Terri, and especially the bookmark for the Three Muses challenge. Scrumdidlyumptious (there is no higher accolade from me)! :O)

Debby said...

Terri, I love all of your beautiful pieces, always makes me smile when I visit and see your beautiful art.
Debby

Deborah said...

Loving your work, as always, Terri. And I must get to work on my house bookmark to be in with a chance of receiving yours :-)

Diane said...

Thanks for the video link--I love watching artists create.
And I am in love with your houses--love them!!

Healing Woman said...

Terri, thanks to you I will be spending the morning watching your video and going to all the great blogs you suggested! I really love your zetti envelope creations. They are chock full of texture and color which is so you!

Janine said...

How wonderful your new items are. I love the envelop so much. How wonderful it must be to get a letter like that. Woe.
You know that it is more expensive in Germany to send a coloured letter instead of a white one.
I suppose a letter like yours is three times the price (tee hee)
Have a great day
Janine

~*~Patty said...

WOWEE what an inspiring post! What a thrill it must be to receive an envelope like that in the mail ... fun too imagining all the people that get to enjoy it along the way!
Wonderful colors on this rainy day in VA AND sewing too ... you go girl :)
oxo

Marilyn Rock said...

WOW! Lots of your gorgeous art here Terri! Your style is incredible and use of color and composition amazes me!

vintage wil said...

Your work is Gorgeous!!!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

All fabulous Terri! I LOVE your mail art.

Lori said...

Creative goodness, as usual, Terri! Love the houses, everything about these is awesome!

Creative Carmelina said...

how fabulous..that envelope is so colourful...i love it and would shreak if I got something like that in the mail.

wonderful...all your pages...

i'm off to watch that inspirational video now...

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Gosh I have a thing about envelopes, and NOW you've made me drool! And you are rocking and rolling Terri! You've reached such a wonderful level in this genre - your distinct style, even using other artists elements it still is TERRI!

Martina2801 said...

OMG, Terri !!!! You are such a talented artist! Congrats on these awesome artwork. I`m blown away!!!

Luisa said...

You always inspire me! Thanks!

Saskia said...

Your pink bookmark is wonderful but I like the envelopes best. Gorgeous art!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Very wonderful collection of sensational art! I especially love the little pink house! Blessings, kt

Jay said...

fantastic !! Love the little houses they are so incredible
j x

peppapig said...

Gorgeous work as always Terri!!
and I think all envelopes should be a wonderful as yours,I'd certainly love to get one of those through th post!!

gypsy999 said...

Terri, the bookmarks are so happy, cheerful and fun! I'm curious what type of black ink you use? It looks wonderfully bold against the vivid colors. Well done.

LiveArt said...

Oh Terri, you're just a fountain of joy and inspiration!! First I want to thank you soooo much for always leaving such sweet and kind and encouraging comments at my blog, I smile everytime I see your name in the comment section, so thank you for always brightening my day and for making me smile :) Then, and I know I keep repeating myself I'm so excited to see your creations, always the most wonderful colours and details, I can see you LOVE what you do Terri!! There's a fantastic Vibe shining through in all that you do!! Wonderful and sooo inspirational!! I can understand why you love those houses, they are brilliant and you use them just right!!

Keep up the great work sunshine, and have a wonderful weekend my friend!!

Hugs, thanks, smiles and blessings,
Linda

Janny said...

You have been busy, great work Terri!

Jeanette said...

Hi Terri!
First stumbled in on your blog on one of my net surfing frenzies and couldn`t stop reading, looking, be inspired and I kept coming back!

I am currently workning on an exhibtion (wet feltings mostly) and fell in love with your old photos and to my great joy SO many of them were freebies.

Your photo inspired me to a wet felted piece and therefore I hounor you on my blog!!!!

http://jeanetteshandmadestuff.blogspot.com/2010/06/freebies-exhibition-stuff.html

Thank you so much for sharing!

Jeanette

Oxana said...

SO SO beautiful artwork!!!

Eila A said...

Terri, I love your colourful and joyful pieces - seeing them made me feel so good! And especially your Pink House bookmark, since I am a fan of John Mellencamp, too.

Netty said...

These are wonderful, they make your heart sing, brilliant. Annette x

Bill C. said...

Long live zetti! I've been buying Tumblefish Studio zetti elements, too. Love your work!